63 Ways to Do God's Will

I have always had a tender spot for Christians I interact with who struggle with knowing God’s will for their lives. I am sympathetic because I am one. I can relate to the sometimes quiet, sometimes loud cry in our hearts that wonders if we are doing what God wants us to do as asking God what may or may not be the next step in our lives.

My heart was challenged about this when, as we were going through the book of Ephesians together as a church and it dawned on me just how much of doing God’s will is spelled out in such detail and is relevant for so much of our daily lives. I realized a contrast between our view of “God’s will” and God’s view of God’s will. We want to know about our next job, home, relationship, etc. and while I believe God is very much involved in these kinds of details, nevertheless, I was struck by the sheer volume of commands we have been given that can easily fill up our days with doing God’s will.

I thought I would simply count up these commands that we were coming across up to that point in our study through Ephesians. The commands essentially don’t begin until 4:1 and at the time we were at 5:21. So, in just 1 and 2/3 chapters of Ephesians I found 63 commands that tell us what God’s will is for our lives.

I couldn’t help imagine an odd interaction between myself and God; him telling me in great detail what it means for me to belong to him and live for him (63 ways in less than two chapters) and me responding with, “But Lord, what is it that you want me to do?!”

The point was driven into my heart a little more as we were recently sitting around the dinner table reading James 1 and we talked about what it means to not be a hearer only, but a doer of God’s word. It was driven still deeper when yesterday morning I was reading Luke 6 and Jesus said to his followers, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and not do what I tell you?” Hmmm. . .why do I call him Lord and not do what he tells me?

This can certainly be convicting if and when we are living in disobedience to God’s word. But I am finding a newfound freedom simply by knowing that doing God’s will is something all around me all the time. I know that in any given day there are so many ways that I can and ought to do be doing God’s will and this brings with it a unique joy for the Christian who has a cry in their heart to know God’s will for his/her life.

So here is the list just to get you started and thinking about God's will for your life, and by God’s grace, enjoying.

1.     Remember (There are only 2 in the first three chapters because of the purpose of those chapters.)

2.     Don’t lose heart over Paul’s sufferings

3.     Walk in a manner worthy (4:1 the damn breaks and the commands start flowing)

4.     Walk with all humility

5.     Walk in gentleness

6.     Walk with patience

7.     Bear one another in love

8.     Be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit

9.     Leaders in the church are to equip the members

10.   Members in the church are to minister

11.   Build up the body of Christ toward unity and knowledge

12.   Stop being like children tossed around by every wind of doctrine

13.   Speak the truth in love

14.   Grow up in every way into Christ

15.   Make sure each member is working properly

16.   No longer walk as the Gentiles do

17.   Put off your old self

18.   Be renewed in the spirit of your mind

19.   Put on the new self

20.   Speak the truth to your neighbor

21.   When angry, don’t sin

22.   Don’t let the sun go down on your anger

23.   Don’t give opportunity to the Devil

24.   If you are a thief, stop stealing

25.   Do honest work

26.   Share with those in need

27.   Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth

28.   Say only what is good for building others up

29.   Do not grieve the Holy Spirit

30.   Put away all bitterness

31.   Put away all anger

32.   Put away all clamor

33.   Put away all slander

34.   Put away all malice

35.   Be kind to one another

36.   Be tenderhearted

37.   Forgive one another

38.   Be imitators of God

39.   Walk in love

40.   Let no sexual immorality

41.   No impurity

42.   No covetousness

43.   No filthiness

44.   No crude joking even be named among you

45.   Rather thanksgiving

46.   Let no one deceive you with empty words

47.   Do not become partners with them

48.   Walk as children of the light

49.   Try to discern what is pleasing to God

50.   Take no part in unfruitful works of darkness

51.   Instead expose them

52.   Look carefully how you walk

53.   Make the most of the time

54.   Do not be foolish

55.   Understand what the will of the Lord is

56.   Do not get drunk

57.   Be filled with the Spirit

58.   Address one another in Psalms

59.   Address one another in hymns

60.   Address one another with spiritual songs

61.   Sing and make melody to the Lord

62.   Give thanks always

63.   Submit to one another.